David Bromstad

HGTV’s Design Star Season 6: Episode Gone Wrong

A former Design Star finalist called me today and asked, "So are you not blogging about Design Star because this episode was so boring, or has the heat finally gotten to you?  Or is it because it's your daughter's first [...]

HGTV’s Design Star Season 6: Jersey Shore B&B

Last night's episode of Design Star featured a few good ideas and a whole lot of suckage.  Take this room for instance, which judge Vern Yip referred to as "the best room I've seen in all six years of Design [...]

HGTV’s Design, Star Season 6: Premiere Episode!

Tonight's premiere episode of HGTV's Design Star Season 6 could be called The Fast and the Furious. Eleven designers are fast, and Cathy Hobbs is furious. Missed the show?  Here's how it went down: Brooklyn balcony, New York skyline, twelve [...]

HGTV Design Star Season 5: Courtland Bascon Interview

If Venetian plasterers are looking for a poster boy, they could scarcely do better than Design Star castoff Courtland Bascon.  Known for faux finishes and V-neck shirts, he caused quite a stir during the seventh episode when he outed himself. [...]

HGTV’s Design Star, Season 5: Premiere Episode!

Thanks to my originally-a-client-now-a-dear-friend Kathryn, I am able to watch last night’s premiere of HGTV’s Design Star Season 5 without fear of blown breakers. And gawd knows I wouldn’t serve myself anything as nice as the Prosecco Royales Kathryn mixes [...]

Review: HGTV’s The Antonio Treatment

If you've been following HGTV's Design Star over the past four seasons, you've seen them pick a standout who's become a total star (David Bromstad, Season 1), a poised professional whose show kind of fizzled out (Kim Myles, Season 2), [...]

Design Star Season 4: Interview with Jason Champion!

“Hey, girl, hey!”  So begins every conversation with Jason Champion, the latest designer to get the boot from HGTV’s Design Star.  I have eagerly awaited this interview, because I got the distinct impression that he was the type of guy [...]

HGTV’s Design Star: NataLee Callahan Interview

Earlier today, I had the opportunity to talk to NataLee Callahan, the first designer to get the boot on this season of Design Star. First impression on the phone? She sounds uncannily like Sarah Palin. Freakily so. I thought she [...]

Design Star, Season 3, Episode 2

PSYCHE! When we last left Design Star, the nine contestants were supposedly challenged with building their cast dwelling in seven days...but the producers were foolin'. Hook your finger in the side of your mouth and repeat after me: "Fished in! [...]